"I use my Grandma's Story Acorns when I need to talk about things that make me cry but I don't know how to say it so I draw a picture instead!"
Young children are facing their emotions for the first time as they walk through their early childhood development, but adults who have experienced trauma are typically triggered by overly emotional outbursts of their children.
Intentionally engaging in a process to capture your emotions in an artsy manner can help parents and their children create healthy bonds of affection that last a lifetime.
You know the drill... you're facing long lines at the grocery when your child suddenly spots that sugary treat or colorful toy that flips their switch and they must have it, and they must have it now!!!
Teaching your child how to gain control of their emotions before you head out for essentials can help stop tearful outbursts and angry demands that reek havoc on everyone's last nerve while you're shopping.
Squeals and giggles should be the natural environment when there are children in the house, but those happy sounds can sometimes become stifled by the pressures of life and schedule demands on busy parents.
Choosing to set the tone for your home will help create the happy thoughts that minimize emotional outbursts and bring on the happy!
The sad fact is that many families are facing the challenges associated with life drama that leads to traumatic events for young children.
Domestic violence is increasing due to the pressures of the covid pandemic and children are at greater risk in homes where the cornerstone of the family is built on poverty, fatherlessness, and single-parent structure.
My Story Acorns can help alleviate some of the emotional pressure by creating a safe way to talk with your child about the events that take place when their safety and care has been compromised.
Recovering from childhood trauma DURING their childhood can help prevent future toxic behaviors later in life, so it is essential that ALL OF US learn to deal with our emotions in the moments when they arise.
Trauma should not be preserved for our children's "tomorrows," and we invite you to take the reins of the emotional atmosphere in your home... "today."
I encourage you to face the pain of emotional wounds in the moments of their making, while they are fresh and can heal quickly.
For the families who are facing these dark challenges, My Story Acorns are delivered with my prayers, love, and faith for a brighter future for you and your family.
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When it's time for Bible study, it's time for My Story Acorns! In Isaiah we read that Papa God calls us "trees of righteousness, the plantings of HIS hand..."
2 I am sent to announce a new season of Yahweh’s grace
and a time of God’s recompense on his enemies,
to comfort all who are in sorrow,
3 to strengthen those crushed by despair who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful bouquet in the place of ashes,
the oil of bliss instead of tears,
and the mantle of joyous praise
instead of the spirit of heaviness.
Because of this, they will be known as
Mighty Oaks of Righteousness,
planted by Yahweh as a living display of his glory."
Oak trees and acorn crafts are my favorite visuals for diving into a Biblical guide to family matters!
We invite you to study with us at God's Grace Notes, show us your acorns, and find your place to belong at Royal Tree Farms.
We are cultivating the landscape of church life, #PostCorona, and we cordially invite you to join us in the quest to do so.